How to Start Your Security Specialist Career

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Struggles and challenges becomes more difficult if you don’t know where to start. If you graduated from a very promising school, but don’t have the required experience and skills need to land the job, the chances of your resume being viewed by prospective employers might be slim. Information from this article is based from my personal experience and from experiences shared by mentors.

TIME. Time is the most valuable asset you need to spend in order to acquire the necessary learning and skill-sets. Most people I know who got a job spent more than 3 years working in various cyber sectors, which lead them to have the expertise.

MONEY. Yes, money, money and money. Now that you have allotted enough time to learn what it takes, you need decent amount of money to attend a review class then buy your voucher to get certificated.

CERTIFICATION. Why do you need certifications? Your skills will be validated by an institution to accredit your knowledge, experience and expertise.

Below are areas you can start to study and work in/with:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network +
  • MCSA
  • MOUS
  • Python, Java, html, sql, C, C#
  • Linux

 

What jobs do we need to get involved with in order to acquire necessary skills? You don’t have to start working as System admin, Server admin or firewall admin or anything like that. You can begin your career as a Technical Support Rep for an ISP, Security software vendor, IT helpdesk Tech Support Rep, Salesforce Developer, Database admin, NOS or Network Support and then work your way up and learn as you work and get certified.

 

Good luck and please post your questions/comments below!

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38 Comments
  1. good post

  2. This is a really helpful text. Thanks to the Poster.

  3. i also have a problem in term because i have work in a internet for now a two years now i just have a A+ certificate……and since i saw the cybrary site i always follow has i saw here so has at now want to do networking but since i saw this guide want to follow it and be one of the best security specialize in the because i never have any body in my country name in it because even to do Linux i most go out side these country in other to do it because we have no collage or institution to offer it so want and help for you guys and even i want to no if i want to do your exam where will be my center to do it
    and am from the Gambia west africa

  4. I was told that IT security is the way to go and trying to find the best way to break in the industry. My current position is in operation center providing first level support for vmware, window servers, Red hat Linux, Oracle databases, SQL, IBM maximo, Biztalk, f5 load balancers and web servers. I have books on CCNA, CCDA, CEH and took some classes a couple years ago on Cisco ASA and SAP BI/BW. I want to take my career to the next level, can you help me on the next move i need to make?

    • I should say you have a great foundation. Networking is actually the best foundation to have. If you know how a network operates and how one node or server communicate with one another that’s a great skill set to have.
      Start learning programming, you’ll need this when you start working with Linux for penetesting, logic with how SQL injection works, malware analysis and reverse engineering which is free to learn from Cybrary. Security includes the physical aspect like inside job and many more topics that will make you well rounded. If you check out all skills required from the link below you will truly appreciate what you currently have.

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    • Networking is actually the best foundation to have. If you know how a network operates and how one node, server communicate with one another that’s a great skill set to have. You already know or have the foundation in databases and how it can be exploited so next move would be learning programming Python to be particular, you’ll need this when you start working with Linux for penetesting, malware analysis and reverse engineering which is free to learn from Cybrary. Security includes the physical aspect such as what inside job and many more topics that will make you well rounded. Appreciate what you currently have and if you are currently employed, do not hesitate to talk to your employer and ask him if the company currently have a security officer and highlight what potential it will bring to the company or your department if you’ll be included in a project that will allow you to earn the skill. Never Stop learning always remember that.

  5. Hi, I am from India. I have little knowledge of core java. From last two months I started seeing videos on Cybrary Starting from A+ to Advanced penetration testing. I have gained good knowledge of kali, networking and some tools for ethical hacking like metasploit, nessus etc. I have also started learning Python because metasploit and others require python. Problem is that I have utilised all my money and time and now I am out cash, having skills is not helping me land a job. I saw certifica tions like OSCP and CISSP, but can’t afford them right now (because of dollar to rupee exchange) probably because I have no certification I am not getting a job. Should I finish Python and look for a job as python developer and then come up with these certifications? I know it takes time, but my situation is little different. What should be my next step?

    • Patience and time is your best friend for now. You do not have to do it yet specially if you lack finance. Master what you currently have and then apply for a job that suites your skill. Save money and do not take the OCP or CISSP course and exam yet, ask your employer if they can include you on a project that will allow you to gain the necessary skills and background towards your goal. If you think you are ready take the course then get certified. Again no one knows you better than yourself, examine your self and take baby steps if you have to.

    • May a suggest adding what you leaned in a portfolio? Certificates, some examples some of the skills you obtained on a DVD contained within your portfolio. Sometimes you have to start small unfortunately. If you could get a job anywhere that has jobs that you are looking for then work your way into them. It sounds like you have a good work ethic so I’m sure you’d be successful. I had to do that in my line of work but I am exactly where I pictured myself being right now career wise. Sometimes there is no direct route to your destination.

      • This is great. That’s a good pointer. Not anyone put skill sets that may serve as a valuable asset. Currently here in our country there’s a huge demand for people who does not just have the certificate but the skill and talent to actually do the job. Not all employers would be looking for a certificate that will validate your specialties. If they were able to see all the skills they need from you to get the job, then that’s it. Again don’t be complaisant work your way up and get master your craft and get the cert.

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